Tag: Women’s issues

It’s Not “Just” a Symbol

Alma Gottlieb , January 13th, 2022

“Tails” side of the new U.S. quarter featuring Maya Angelou The new Maya Angelou quarter is a symbol, yes. But not “just” a symbol. Because, symbols matter. If…

→Alma Gottlieb

Birth as Ritual/Ritual as Birth

Alma Gottlieb , March 11th, 2019

Cultural anthropologist, Robbie Davis-Floyd, is considered by many as the Queen of Childbirth Studies.   A Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of…

→Alma Gottlieb

A Tale of Two (Ad) Campaigns

Alma Gottlieb , October 10th, 2017

For a while, the mega-global corporation, Unilever — owner of Dove beauty products — spoke thoughtfully to the world’s women. The 13-year-long “Real Beauty” campaign that…

→Alma Gottlieb

A Review of “Euphoria” by Lily King

Alma Gottlieb , March 9th, 2017

I should say from the outset that I enjoyed the book. I read it in a week.  At the literary level, it’s wonderfully written. I didn’t find myself…

→Alma Gottlieb

An Anthropologist at the Women’s March on Washington, Part 2: The Posters

Alma Gottlieb , March 1st, 2017

  Photo by Alma Gottlieb   Women (and some men) with signs, as far as the eye could see. In my first post about the Women’s March of…

→Alma Gottlieb

When Feminism Starts in Fifth Grade

Alma Gottlieb , February 16th, 2017

Can ten-year-olds be feminists? Absolutely. This group of fifth graders just voted to forfeit their basketball season unless their co-ed team is allowed to compete, girls included. Feminism…

→Alma Gottlieb

An Anthropologist at the Women’s March on Washington, Part 1: Finding Communitas, Feminist Style

Alma Gottlieb , January 23rd, 2017

(photo by Alma Gottlieb) The doors of our metro car opened and closed, opened and closed with increasingly alarming dysfunction.  On any other day, the many more dozens…

→Alma Gottlieb

The Story behind “A World of Babies”

Alma Gottlieb , December 10th, 2016

Interested in learning some behind-the-scenes stories about how “A World of Babies” came into existence? Check out a new interview with my co-editor, Judy DeLoache, and me in…

→Alma Gottlieb

An Open Letter to My Grandchildren

Alma Gottlieb , November 9th, 2016

Dear Dean and Mona,   At four years old and ten months old, you are both too young to understand why the grown-ups around you keep talking about…

→Alma Gottlieb

An Open Letter to My Children

Alma Gottlieb , November 9th, 2016

Dear Nathaniel and Hannah, I am sorry that my generation has failed you. We have bequeathed you a world that has too many problems, too much fear, and too much…

→Alma Gottlieb

Thinking about Our Shared Common Ancestry–Pausing to Reflect Back on My Career as an Africanist

Alma Gottlieb , March 12th, 2016

Honored to have an interview I recently did with Dallas Tatman (an MA student in African Studies at the U of Illinois) unexpectedly show up, to my surprise,…

→Alma Gottlieb

Donald Trump vs. Blood Magic

Alma Gottlieb , August 12th, 2015

Donald Trump has revived old stereotypes in claiming that Fox News commentator/Republican debate moderator Megyn Kelly was ruled by her hormones (“bleeding from her wherever”) when she cri…

→Alma Gottlieb

The “Ow” of Pain

Alma Gottlieb , February 2nd, 2015

New research claims that saying “Ow” really can ease the pain. Why am I skeptical? Or, rather, why am I skeptical that this works globally? For one thing,…

→Alma Gottlieb

Are We Stuck in the ‘Fifties?

Alma Gottlieb , January 29th, 2015

This set of fourteen offensively sexist ads from the 1950s is so over-the-top, it’s easy to dismiss them, relegating them to a “Thank goodness we’re beyond this and…

→Alma Gottlieb